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. >>> best medicine -- teens are using common cough medicines to get high, but tonight, a surprising decision about a possible solution. >>> and top secret -- what we now know was going on in the background in some of the most famous images of the civil rights era. famous images of the civil rights era. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been a huge gulf in american society and in our workforce, especially, what men and women are paid for the same work. tonight, we can report the numbers have moved. though the reason for it isn't good. figures from this year show women earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn. that's the highest number ever recorded. the bad news is the reason for it. the economy is in such crummy shape, a ton of men have been hard hit and many women in turn have prospered in this economy. still, in terms of women's income and earning power in the u.s., the number represents a victory, a milestone, and it's where we begin tonight with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in miami beach for us tonight
morning. we are on freedom watch this u. morning. >>> u.s. hiker sarah shourd could be heading home within hours after spending more than a year of her life alone in an iranian prison. the question is, of course, if iran will make good on its word. >>> a dangerous situation unfolding in the atlantic ocean, hurricane igor now a category four storm and gaining strength. we've got details on whether the east coast could be in line for a direct hit. >>> uplifting news about jobs out there. we have the sixobs with six-figure salaries that don't require you spend four years of your life hitting the books. >> i don't kno if i know about that story, i want my kids to hit the books. join the live conversation right now. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> new this morning, surveying the damage, victims of the san bruno gas explosions and fires were allowed back into their neighborhoods for the first time this morning. four people are confirmed dead and in all 37 homes were destroyed. california regulators ordering pg&e to insct all gasines in the state. >>> firefighters battling a wildfire outside of b
. great to have you with us today. the news continues in washington. have a great day. >> shannon: jailed hikers. iran changing its mind again and now says it's willing to free one of three american hikers imprisoned for more than a year. but it will come at a cost. tax cuts, the top republican in the house says he will support extension of tr cuts for americans en if tax cuts for the wealthy are allowed to expire. california explosion and the investigators are combing through the rubble from the massive explosion that ripped through suburban san francisco searching for survivors and clues as to bream.ppened america's news headquarters live from the nation's capitol starts now. one day after calling off the release at the last minute, iran says it will free one of three jailed hikers from america. sarah shourd has been held y for more than aear on accusation o spyiilng. they say they will release her on bail because of health problems but it comes at a heavy price. >> the dossier of all three defendants will be sent to the court and regarding the female defendant miss shourd because she i
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 sput their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threatened to burn the koran tomorrow on the anniversary of 9/11. had a dramatic press con
. >> reporter: he decided to keep those items away from us. why give up that privacy when that's one of the only things you have, when everything else has been taken away. >> this starts the healing process actually seeing it, though, now. my car is destroyed. >> reporter: how does it help in the healing process? >> well, it's there. it tells you that this is it. this is what you have. this is what happened. like i said for the people who lost lives, those are the people i -- my heart just bleeds for them. to go in there and see you lost material items, it's one thing, but to know that family members were lost, you can't place any kind of remorse in the scale that they might be feeling right now. >> reporter: the pellegrinis and other people who live within the blast zones will be allowed one more visit before a hazmat crew cleans up the area. then it will be time to rebuild. >> it's reality now, you know. >> reporter: in san bruno, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >>> nearly a week after the explosion and fire that leveled much of the neighborhood, the governor arrived to see the damage firsthand
yellin joining us from dover. a pretty big upset, yes? >> reporter: huge, kyra. huge upset. christine o'donnell was far behind in the polls. had significantly less money and was being gunned for by national republicans and republicans in her own state who are running, running in a campaign essentially against her. she was up against the establishment supported candidate mike castle, nine-term congressman from this state. very well-known. but she surprised everyone and won last night. the big question now is can she go on and win in a general election? this is a state that's heavily democratic and there's news now, kyra, the national republicans have said essentially because they think she cannot win they're not going to pour money into her race. i got a chance to talk to her last night and asked her what she thinks of the fact that the national republicans won't support her. here's a bit of that interview. we've been told this evening gnat national republicans, party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours and many national republicans said simply y
. >> the swiss who have been negotiating for her release, but there's no confirmation yet from the u.s. government which, of course, is not represented here. it's frankly a confusing day because there are reports that she was being released. we heard at first, but then there was paperwork to be done. there are reports, richard, that money was paid. >> we have just had a statement from the mother of sarah shourd, she said i hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and i cannot wait to wrap sarah in my arms. she goes on to say i can only imagine how bitter sweet her freedom is for her leaving shane and josh behind. she was hiking with josh fattal and shane bauer near the iraq/iran border. they remain in custody. ali arouzi is there right now. do you know what is in store for josh and shane? >> we got a report from the judiciary that their custody will be extended by two months. that may seem ominous, but that's the first time the authorities put a time frame on their jail time. they never said how long they will keep them for. they never formally charged them. today the chief prosec
'll tell us how the administration is about to go with a prominent republican. let's begin with brianna keilar live in washington. congress is back in session for the big midterm election push and they've got a very big issue on their hands in the matter of whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts. this is -- this is going to be an interesting one to watch in the next couple of days. >> and this is the big issue, jim. this is the issue that in really less than four weeks because they're out of there again. they're out of washington again ahead of the election season, this is what they're going to be dealing with. and obviously, the issue that continues to resinate is republican leader john boehner who had said that he would go along with extending the tax cuts for everyone except for the wealthiest earns, which, of course, is what president obama has gone for. but it's created a jumbled message among republicans. because look at what some other republicans are saying. you have mitch mcconnell who is saying, no, i'm pushing legislation to keep these tax cuts in place across the board
in the atlantic this morning. rob marciano is tracking all of them for us this morning. >>> and the a.m. fix blog blog is up and running. there were some elections last night we were talking about. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> a big night for the tea party in the last big primary in the 2010 midterm campaign. the best political team on television will be covering all of the big races for you over the course of the morning. shannon travis, jessica yellin, joe johns, along with michael crowley. christine o'donnell, the candidate backed by the tea party and sarah palin toppled the state's political heavy weight, congressman mike castle. it's a victory o'donnell says is for supporters who challenged the gop mainstream. >> you guys are the visionaries and leaders who made this possible. because you rallied everyday americans outside the political establishment, brought them involved, and created a grass roots network that made all of this possible. >>> the tea party influence is also being felt further north in new hampshire's republican senate primary. there the contest between tea party favored and form
off richmond. ktvu's kraig debro is with two of the victims right now. what can you tell us? what did they tell you? >> reporter: well, four fishermen went out early this morning to fish for alba door -- to fish for albacore. right now, this boat is in the water. we can't see from here but thanks to everybody at channel 2 at the desk, it looks like we can see the boat is going down facility water. i'm going to talk to thomas deacon. he's completely soaked. he's been in the water. you must be cold. what do you remember? >> we went out, hit a wall, pulled one out. there was cpr. don't know about one guy. >> reporter: what did it sound like when you hit the rock wall? >> basically, a car accident. >> reporter: it must have been very dark at that time. >> you are right about that. >> reporter: what about the people in the boat with you at the time? >> one guy, i abbed ahold of him. i was trying to pull him in the boat. i seen another man go by. i tried to go by and grab him. i had too many clothes on. i went back, put my rain gear on, took my clothes off. got him to the edge of the boat.
in washington, thank you. >>> joining us now to talk about the primaries and what happens in november are democrat strategist tonya acker in los angeles and republican strategist dan bartlett in austin, texas. good morning to you both. >> good morning, harry. >> good morning. >> dan, let's talk about this. you got delaware. you got kentucky. you got alaska, utah. one after another after another. are all of the tea party victories good for the republican party? >> well, when you have a situation like with mike castle getting beat in delaware it gives you pause because it's going to be very difficult if not impossible for republicans now to gain that seat in the united states senate. having said that, though, harry, the intensity gap that we are seeing between the two parties this election cycle is mainly being fed by the tea party movement on the republican side so net-net it's still a gain. the prospect of taking over the house of representatives would not happen without this vibrant activity within the tea party so while you have the types of anomalies like we saw last night with mik
's senate g.o.p. primary. >> molly lyon live for us in boston with the roundup of all the results. good morning you to. >> good morning, steve, gretchen and brian. that's right, you know, total upset win in delaware, this is really a big story where the tea party favorite christine o'donnell managed to beat out mike castle. really a political legend in that state for the g.o.p. nomination for the senate seat. castle was a nine term congressman, is a nine term congressman and a former governor and won statewide election a dozen times. was backed by state g.o.p. leaders who aggressively slammed o'donnell throughout the course of this campaign referring to her as a liar and fraud. she proved him wrong, though, showing she could win this election. she won with 53% over castle's 47%. the national republican senatorial congratulated o'donnell. in a brief and underwhelming statement last night. she wouldn't be getting some national support because they don't think she'll be able to beat the democratic challenger in the fall. a very tight race, even right now as the votes are coming in between
of the rest of the country, warm and pretty pleasant. >>> octoberfest is almost upon us. but this year, the traditional bavarian celebration of beer is extra special. >> beer is always special. it's the 50th anniversary of the german fair being celebrated in lacrosse, wisconsin. so there will be a special beer served at the party. it's a brand new dark ale created by a local brewery. >> and it will only be served on draft at the octoberfest celebration in lacrosse. it's the worst accent in the world. starting next friday. i tried, though. the ale creator says the taste captures the celebration of germany during this special time of the year. although my accent did not capture the spirit of germany. >> bottoms up, you'll. we'll be right back. >>> world news now weather brought to you by the scooter store. they chose mobility. they chosehe scooter store. and this is the team of mobility experts who made it all happen. ii great news, you've been approved for payment. dr. cruz, i'm calling on behalf ofmarie stanford. and they can make it happen for you. hi, i'm doug harrison, if you're liv
anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and e controversy over the proped islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you shouldet me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries ishat the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against amicans. >> rorter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the ia, wch sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two leading experts on speinspectio teams. >> reporter: they are under pressure
to explain that to us. >> reporter: the cpuc says yes pg&e will be asked to pass along any costs not covered by insurance, to you an me, the customer. that applies to cases of wildfires larger than an acre that burned a billing or home, and it would not apply in the case of this explosion. still, the idea is not going over well in the san bruno neighborhood as people here are just beginning to pick up the pieces after thursday's deadly explosion. the san bruno explosion, pg&e says the $992 million it has in insurance money will likely be enough to cover the cost of repair here, but the agency saw what happened in southern california during the '07 wildfires which ended up costing the utilities there $1 billion. >> pg&e, along with the southern california utilities, have requested that we be allowed to recover costs from wildfires that are not covered by insurance. >> reporter: but opponents say requiring the utilities to cover their own costs helps ensure they will be invested in inspecting and maintaining equipment to minimize risk. >> this is a matter of fundamental safety. >> they kicked
to ask him, email us at mornings@cbs5.com. elizabeth and sydnie? >> anne, thanks very much. anne makovec in san bruno. >>> the coroner's office has identified a fourth victim in the explosion. 81-year-old elizabeth torres, a mother of nine. she lived just yards from the blast site. she was home watching the nfl season opener when that explosion hit. she got trapped inside. >>> victims of the blast were honored at last night's giants game. kids from san bruno baseball league took part in the ceremony. the giants donated $3 from every ticket to the recovery effort. that came out to more than $100,000 total. >>> there is much more coverage of the san bruno explosion on our website including we have raw video, news conferences, the 911 tapes, and some information as well on how you can help. just check out cbs5.com. >>> it is 6:06. let's get another extended look at traffic and weather. >> he anna, people having to use their windshield wipers? >> he nan? >> they haven't turned on the metering lights just yet. it's still 18 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. elsewhere westbound 5
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
federal investigators this morning and joins you now -- and joins us now with this live report. >> reporter: good morning, tori. yes, it's been almost a week since this fireball and explosion and fire here in san bruno. there are still so many questions. the ntsb is out here this morning. we're getting more information about where this investigation is headed. key among the question is how did this start, obviously and why did it burn so long? let's talk about the cause. the ntsb has been asking for anyone to come forward if they smelled gas in the days leading up to the explosion. there have been about 90 e- mails sent to the ntsb. but the ntsb said they only had one person who smelled gas and that was two or three weeks before this happened. if they didn't smell gas, that would be a clue. >> if people smell gas in advance, that suggests a failure, where gas is coming out and people smell it. that's a different kind of failure than a catastrophic failure. that would help us determine the cause of this explosion. that's why that's so crucial to us. >> reporter: there's also the
call for secretary clinton. despite all the current fixation over israeli settlements, the u.s. side is saying the talks remain positive and that all the big issues are being discussed. but are not telling us how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progres
additional resources just west of us. not sure what that street is. >> you can hear chaos, confusion, over what exactly sparked that fireball. but it wasn't until hours later after lives and homes were lost that we learned it was a pipeline explosion. tonight we're hearing from those first responders about what exactly they faced. firefighters from 20 department came in to help. 18 minutes after they arrived, the fire reached six alarms. john ramos on how they described the inferno. >> i was off duty at the time. i was at my son's baseball practice when my wife and i saw the explosion. and i turned to her and she look right at me and she said go. and i told her i would call her when i could >>> reporter: most people ran from the inferno that night but as always, there are those whose job it is to run toward it. some of them told their stories today. >> initially, we're thinking that a jet airplane went down from san francisco airport and then when the second call came in for south city fireworks i perjury was thinking it might be a terrorist thing. >> reporter: when the explosion happened
of us in moments. >>> let's get to the stunning election results. jon karl wraps them up from capitol hill. >> reporter: the big story is the staggering upset in delaware. just yesterday republican leaders were calling christine o'donnell a complete fraud. now, she is the republican nominee for senate. she did it. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. >> reporter: riding a tea party wave, christine o'donnell pulled off the biggest upset of the year. decisively beating congressman mike castle, the only person republican leaders believe could have won joe biden's old senate seat. >> the voters in the republican primary have spoken, and i respect that decision. >> reporter: castle was a moderate pro-abortion rights, pro-gun control republican. o'donnell called him too liberal and had one big-name republican backing her up. >> hi. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate this tuesday. >> reporter: but they attacked o'donnell as unelectable. listen to what the state party chairman told me just a few days ago. >> i have no doubt whatsoever
injection to the state's former practices. the availability of the drug used had to be considered. the maker of the drug has said another dose of this drug may not be available until january of 2011. the execution would be the first in nearly five years and would be the last until next year. executions have been hold on 2006, when the federal judge in san jose found the lethal injection procedures were flawed which posts a risks of causing extreme pain in violation of the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. the courts are not the last line of defense when it comes to halting executions. governor schwarzenegger could step in. legal experts say although he's pro-death penalty, every case is different. >> governors have all of the facts in front of them and they know they are the last line of defense. and so there are a lot of -- there are a lot of governors that really, really take this seriously. >> reporter: the man skimmed to be executed is albert greenwood brown convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old riverside girl 30 years ago. 50 people have already been in- - have already been
others will join us. >> gretchen: log on for our after the show show. it's been a busy day here. continue to watch us throughout the day. >> brian: i'm gog take this. >> ladies and gentlemen, the people of delaware have spoken! [applause] no more politics as usual! bill: just about seven weeks ago now, the stage is finally set for november, we saw a big win for the woman you just heard from, christine o'donnell, a virtual unknown until she won the backing from the tea party and then she kwrobgd off long time congressman mike castle who has never lost a race in his home state of delaware. there are numerous story lines this morning. we love these mornings here, hime bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom". how you doing, martha? martha: doing well, bill. it was a big night, almost double the turnout, also a factor here, o'donnell on the gop ticket, she will run for joe biden's seat in delaware. listen to this: >> a lot of people have already said that we can't win the general election. it is the same -- yes we can! >> yes, we can! >> it is the same so-called experts who sai
still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: milla alasz, her husband and three daughters are finally home. the girls tried to coax the rabbit they left behind out of its cage, but it's too terrified to come out. the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three homes directly behind them. milla says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire thursday night. >> i didn't sleep. look at my eyes. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place. it's like -- i want to move around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are
says they will continue to be held in pretrial detention much the u.s. state department called the release. >> the release of sarah shourd demonstrates iranian authorities have the aity to resolve these cases if they choose. iranian authorities made the decision to release sarah shourd. we hope they will make the same decision regarding josh fattal and shane bauer as soon as possible. >> who paid the half million bail for shourd's release is unclear. apparently, it was wired to a bank in oman because of u.s. sanctions against iran. it is also not clear exactly when shourd and her relatives will return to the united states, presumably to the los angeles area where she grew up. one u.s. official is quoted asz saying she will be in oman for at least a day. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of this developing story. you can also find the latest updates on our website at nbcbayarea.com and you can sign up for breaking news alerts as well. >>> an intense wall of fire, like nothing they have ever seen. that's how the first firefighters on the scene of the san bruno e
you so we have to use the map system. let's go to the maps. northbound 238 to southbound 880. there is an accident now that's been there for a while. it's causing an unexpected slowdown. 880 a little slow approaching highway 92. let's go to steve. >>> sal, thank you. happy friday, everyone. look at this. look at that. fog coming in. a little bit of low clouds. very mild. tiburon, 62 degrees. temperatures very mild, 50s and 60s. some local drizzle. our first front of the season, there it is. there it is. some higher clouds are already beginning to just come in to mendocino county. this system will do this and do this. out ahead of it we have low clouds and fog. santa rosa reporting fog. 59. we'll go 70, 78. higher clouds will be moving in today. fog, drizzle, sunny, mild. 60s, 70s, still some 80s inland. north bay will get the clouds first and other areas once the fog burns off, it will be sunny. 64 in san francisco after yesterday's 65. they are already at 58. look at san jose, 67 balmy degrees. kind of a muggy feel. also that drizzle. once the sun burns off, a muggy feel. if
on fox and cbs. palin tweeted of o'donnell's strategy, time's limited. use it to connect with local voters whom you'll be serving versus appeasing national media who are seeking your destruction." palin spoke at a dinner in iowa where she suggested that the republican party send some of its stars to campaign in the south, others to the west and rove -- >> karl, go to -- here, you can come to iowa. and karl rove and the other leaders who will see the light and realize that these are normal, hard-working, patriotic americans. >> reporter: palin told fox she'd be willing to give running for president a shot if the american people decided she was their candidate. some clearly hope she does not. >> i didn't think she was ready to be president of the united states in 2008, and i'm not sure she would be in 2012. >> and, george, the white house is denying a report in "the new york times" today saying one of the ideas they're kicking around is a national ad campaign tying the republican party to more extremist elements of the tea party. the white house says there is
protests in tehran, trying to exploited anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on what he calls a zionist conspiracy. >> translator: we believe there is a minority in the united states and they are zionists. they have no religion. they believe in no religion. >> there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of elite what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fi dell castro, criticized you for your comments about israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. >> excuse me. >> translator: i think you should finish first, and then you should let me explain. >> speak. >> translator: what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> we see no evidence that there is any such zionist con spour si. >> reporter: he was eq
louboutin, too. oprah: ok. i always use those for mopping. >> there was, um, there was--i mean, it got--i mean-- oprah: and so how long would you work all day? >> we'd work from 8:00 to 4:00. 8:00 to 4:00. oprah: mm-hmm. was that humbling for you? >> it was humbling. oprah: mm-hmm. ws it humiliating for you? >> yes, but that's my fault, and, you know, i didn't think about the humiliation part. i thought about, "this is what i have to do for what i've done." oprah: mm-hmm. did you think every day going to the community service, "i'm gonna work this to the best of my ability," and so every day, you're planning what you're gonna wear? > no. no. i'm in fashion. i like clothes. i'm gonna wear them, what i have, so i'm not gonna dress down to, like, "i'm a poor little, humble thing that's going off to community--" oprah: to scrub floors, to scrub floors. yeah. >> yeah. i mean, i'm just gonna dress how i dress. oprah: we'll be right back. more with naomi campbell in a moment. coming up... >> i showed up to do a job and basically collapsed. oprah: the cocaine addiction that nearly destroyed na
like that. frankly, that's some of the things that the ntsb will be looking at to give us some understanding of what more we could have done. >> reporter: that's talking about what they could have done after what could have been done before the big question. a 2009 pg&e document put a nearby section of the ruptured gas line pipeline 132 in the top 100 highest risk lines section of pg&e's pipelines. that section was actually 2.5 miles north of the blast site in south san francisco. the document said that the line was slated to be fixed in 2012 and that "the likelihood of a failure makes the risk of a failure at this location unacceptably high." when you look at what happened here, there's a lot of concern about other pipelines here in california and across the state. the public utilities commission has ordered pg&e to inspect all 6,000 of its lines here in california with a special concentration on those high pressure lines located in high density areas like here in san bruno. >> anne, i'm looking at a website pg&e has, what, 6,000 lines, 6500 miles of pipeline. it puts it in pe
ashley from kgo in san francisco. >> if you are just joining us live, you are joining our continuing coverage. i'm carolyn johnson with dan ashley. we've been covering this explosion in san bruno. since it happened just after 6:15 this evening. and here you see on the scene what it's been like for firefighters, for neighborhoods, for people in this area. it's just a massive ball of fire has impacted their neighborhood. >> and the heat. everyone talks about the heat that literally forced the flames forward and caught other structures on fire. this is if you look right behind you as we pan out. there you can see the main on fire right behind that house. one of theÑi first houses to go. and the photographer who shot this said by the time he left, that house you are looking at was completely gone. the pink house next to it was already burning and mostly gone. >> here's another vantage point from sky 7 hd. you can see this massive fireball in this neighborhood. this main that blew up was at glenview and earl and these are the surrounding homes. what's left of them. and this was just abou
can't? >> they told us we can't. they changed the bound rips out, more houses. >> reporter: behind me here is where homeowners have been lining up all day to find out when they can go in. we've not been allowed to get in there with homeowner, but we will be soon. but the owners of at least 83 homes damaged or destroyed in this fire ball still have no idea when they'll be able to get inside and find out if they have anything left. dan? >> incredibly frustrating for those people, i sure. neal, thank you. that's neal karlinsky tonight. >>> and in colorado, hundreds of evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in an area near boulder that was hit by wildfires. 169 homes were destroyed. now investigators are looking into whether a fire pit, a type of campfire, sparked this blaze, which could mean criminal charges are possible. the fire is now more than 70% contained. >>> congress goes back into session tomorrow, and issue number one is your taxes. in particular, what to do about those controversial tax cuts enacted under george w. bush. the white house and republicans have been sparri
of the growing investigation. ktvu's jade hernandez joins us with an update. >> reporter: good morning. we've been out here since 4:00 this morning and we have been showing you how the authority is pushing the crime scene tape back. this crime lab vehicle was just -- has just been pulled into the crime scene within the last hour. this is video which we shot moments after the technicians began working. according to protocol, this shooting involved two concord officers. those officers were not hurt. those have been placed on paid administrative leave. the man officers shot and paramedics rushed to the hospital may have been a suspect wanted on several robbery warrants. they say two officers in a squad car patrolling around 2:30 noticed the man who matched the description. the officers tried to make contact along clayton road. the officers at some point in the chase got out of their squad car and an ralph the man only being described as a male in his 20s. authorities are still investigating whether the man actually opened fire on the officers. the man is at john muir medical center in walnut
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